My illustrated bio (short and sweet)
“As much as art can mimic, nothing’s as real as real as a life told from start to finish.” Canada’s own Shad K. said this in his song, 'A story no one told', which is actually one of my favourites. My name is Camille Lauren, and I like to think of myself as an Artivist and an Artrepreneur. I have a creative business called art of Ciel, where I execute big visions. I do graphic design, paint custom commissions, create illustrations, do body art, and occassionaly face-painting. One of the most exhilarating things for me to do is creating art live on the spot at special events.
An artist who uses their creativity- and the things that they create-
to bring about social change.
One who owns a business specifically within the arts and uses several avenues within said business to give back to the community.
My vision is to passionately bring art to the people of the world in unexpected ways and inspire them to see that everyone can be a work of art. The aim is to spark conversations across cultures using the uniting language of colour. My long-term objectives include traveling and impacting the lives of those who would not normally have access to art materials. I hope that by living a creative life, I can empower others to use their voice and express themselves with their innate creativity.
My “niche” is storytelling with acrylic paint and mixed media, and the tales I tell are often social commentaries on life. Although I currently work as a fine artist, illustrator and designer, I aspire to one day become an art therapist.
Although born on the small Netherland Antilles’ island of Curaçao, I spent my early years living in Bonaire until my family moved to Canada when I was six. My childhood memories are of creative art sessions with my mom, Flamingo sightings, and trips to the beach on the weekends. The “island aesthetic” is evident in much of my work. I am drawn to the storyscapes found in popular culture, daily life, and the intimate conversations that people have about triumph and struggle. I strongly believe that it is important to be bold and brave in the sharing of our narratives. I am currently studying Illustration at OCAD University in Ontario and I have also briefly studied Jewelry Design at Edna Manley College in Jamaica.
I was recently credited as the Set Decorator for The Blind Stigma, a documentary on Mental Health in the ethnic community, which premiered at the Royal Cinema in Toronto. Produced by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions, my paintings were specifically selected for, and featured prominently alongside those interviewed for the film. I also created a set of illustrations for the Huffington Post Story, “Huffington Post: Stigma and Silence: Black Canadians and The Fight for Mental Health Awareness. Huffington Post Living editor Arti Patel took home a gold award in the red (consumer) category for Best Article or Series for this feature.